Army canteens to say ‘no’ to Maggi after Delhi issues 15-day ban

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After the Delhi government decided to ban the sale of Maggi for a period of 15 days, as tests on samples of the noodles found monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lead content beyond permissible limits, the Army has now informed its personnel to avoid eating Maggi and directed over 1,000 military canteens to set aside the existing stock until further orders. Many other states have also sent samples of the noodles for quality check.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had asked all states to test samples of the product at laboratories authorized by the government .

Tamil Nadu, Haryana, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana, have been reported to have sent samples to government labs for testing.

Earlier, the Delhi state health department had sent Maggi packets for testing the permissible levels of lead. The result obtained was negative, as the lead content found in the packets was much higher than the prescribed 2.5 parts per million (PPM).

An official, on behalf of the state health minister Satyender Jain, told Tehelka, that the sale of Maggi has been stopped in Delhi following the results that came yesterday. “After the meeting with the Nestle officials, it has been decided that we will stop the sales for 15 days after which Nestle will be providing a new batch of packets for sale, which will be tested again,” he said.

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